Diabetes, Hypertension; 5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Eat Too Much Dark Chocolate
If you eat too much dark chocolate, you may experience immediate unpleasant symptoms such as indigestion, headache and heartburn. Chocolate’s mild psychoactive effects could also produce a feeling of alertness and elation, followed by lethargy and depression. Dark chocolate, a semisweet blend of at least 70 percent cacao powder plus sugar, milk and other ingredients, could also cause rapid weight gain. If you eat moderate amounts of dark chocolate, you should see benefits rather than health problems.
A 1.5-ounce dark chocolate bar with a cacao content between 70 and 85 percent adds 251 calories to your diet. Eating that many extra calories daily could add 1 pound of fat in just two weeks, writes Dr. Kirsti A. Dyer on the website for Medical Wellness Archives.
Half the weight of dark chocolate could come from cocoa butter. Cocoa butter’s fats include oleic acid, which helps reduce cholesterol in your blood, and two saturated fats that don’t improve cardiovascular health. Palmitic acid actually causes cholesterol levels to increase, and stearic acid shows no effect. Hydrogenated oils added to improve flavor and texture increase the unhealthy fat content.
Eating too much dark chocolate could cause dangerous swings in blood sugar levels if you suffer from diabetes. Dark chocolate’s glycemic index rating of 22 makes this treat much safer than milk chocolate, with a rating of 40. Candy chocolate bars average 70 on the glycemic index, producing an even faster rise in blood sugar.
Even though less sweet and considered a healthier treat, dark chocolate contains 25 percent glucose by weight. Mildly addictive psychoactive compounds in chocolate satisfy cravings not connected with hunger, potentially influencing you to add sugar to your daily diet for purely emotional reasons.